When bacteria builds up in our mouths, they can lead to oral health problems such as dental cavities (holes in the teeth), gingivitis (gum disease), periodontitis (severe gum disease) and bad breath so it is important to keep a good oral hygiene routine to maintain a healthy mouth.
There are a few things you can do to help keep a healthy mouth. A good diet can help with oral hygiene – limiting sugary foods, for example, such as cakes, sweets, biscuits, sugary drinks, fizzy drinks and dried fruit. In addition, smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease. Regular visits to the dentist are also often recommended for good oral hygiene, but your dentist can advise how often they would like to see you.
Regular brushing, flossing and the use of a good mouthwash such as LISTERINE® can prevent the build of dental plaque and calculus which will also help you maintain a healthy mouth. Dental plaque is a soft, white-ish deposit which is made up of bacteria. By employing regular brushing, flossing and the use of LISTERINE® you can remove plaque.
Calculus or tartar, on the other hand, is hardened, calcified plaque which sticks firmly to teeth and needs to be removed by either a dentist or dental hygienist.
Created by Dr Lawrence in 1879, LISTERINE®, part of the Johnson & Johnson Ltd family, can help to keep the bacteria levels in our mouths under control and gives us healthy mouths. Tests have shown that brushing, flossing and using LISTERINE® twice a day can reduce plaque by at least 52% more than brushing and flossing alone.
LISTERINE® kills bacteria as it reaches the whole of your mouth and keeps breath fresh for up to 12 hours. Think of it as an extra insurance against the build up of bad bacteria!
Whatever your needs, LISTERINE® has a range of mouthwashes to suit your needs. The Total Care products offer six oral health benefits including killing germs, reducing plaque, freshening breath and strengthening teeth. Other mouthwash solutions include Zero, which is alcohol-free, and Total Care Sensitive, which provides all-round protection against sensitive teeth. You can visit the LISTERINE® website to find out more about the range.
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